Retired Teacher Information
Step 1: If you do not have an ELIS account, click here for instructions. ELIS replaced the old ECS system and you must create a new account.
Step 2: Log into your ELIS account and select "Click Here" to Update Your PD/Employment Status. If you retire this year, select Retired for the last two semesters. If you are already retired, select the appropriate status for each of the 10 semesters, and select "Finish". Substitute teaching doesn't count as active teaching.
NOTE: As long as you are not employed in an IL public, charter, or state-operated school for less than 50% percent of full-time equivalency in a school year, you are "exempt" and do not have to complete professional development activities.
Step 3: Enter professional development hours if you have taught within the last five years. For information on entering professional development, click here.
Step 4: In the Action Center box, select "Renewals" and follow the prompts to renew. Due to your Retired status, you will not be charged a renewal fee. One of the prompts will ask if you have completed the required professional development. Answer "Yes" even if you didn't have any.
Step 5: Select the "My Credential" tab and print the Credential page for proof that you have renewed. You will not receive a certificate in the mail. The page you print is your license.
TRS One-Year Retiree Return to Work Program is in effect. PA 101-0049 extends the program that allows a TRS retiree to return to work without post-retirement limitations.
Note: this program expires on 6/30/2024. The Return to Teaching in Subject Shortage Area requires certification from the Regional Superintendent, see the return to work form below.
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